If You're Obsessed With '90s Style, These Chic Summer Outfits Are for You

'90s style can be divided into two very distinct aesthetics. The first centres around butterfly clips, tie-dye T-shirts and bedazzled denim while the other is more minimalistic—the sort championed by Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and Jennifer Aniston, which focused on cleaner lines, sleeker silhouettes, and a generally muted colour palette. As we go forward, this is the '90s mood I'd like to present to you by way of some modern-day summertime outfits. Right now, the style set is incorporating this specific iteration of '90s fashion back into their wardrobes and, unlike the often polarising Y2K trends that keep cropping up, this is a style throwback I'm very much here for.

This summer, influencers have been showcasing a slew of minimalistic '90s-inspired summer outfits on their feeds, with everything from cycling shorts to cargo trousers being given a very polished spin. If you're keen to give your wardrobe a '90s injection but don't want to look like an extra from Clarissa Explains It All (no shade), consider the below your guide. I give you eight '90s-inspired summer outfits to try that don't look passé for 2022.

1. Oversize Shirt + Vest Top + Cycling Shorts + Running Shoes

90s-Inspired Summer Outfits: @tamaramory wears a pair of cycling shorts

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Style Notes: Cycling shorts are a '90s trend that can often feel difficult to style but, as Tamara proves, it's nothing an oversize shirt and vest top can't sort. Add running shoes for even more throwback appeal. 

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I get so much wear out of this shirt. 

H&M basics are bringing it this season. 

New Balance, beloved by influencers and dads alike. 

2. Headscarf + Vest Top + Jeans + Mules

90s-Inspired Summer Outfits: @sylviemus_ wears a white vest top and jeans

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@sylviemus_

Style Notes: If there's one hair accessory that feels intrinsically '90s, perhaps even more so than the scrunchie, it's the hair scarf. Here, Sylvie shows just how cool one can look when worn with the right attire—in this case, a white vest top, bootcut jeans, and mules. 

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A white vest will always look fresh. 

The dark denim wash on this pair makes them feel even more authentic to the '90s. 

Mules were the '90s heel of choice. Just ask Carrie Bradshaw. 

3. Aviators + Tube Dress + Gladiator Sandals

90s-Inspired Summer Outfits: @anoukyve wears a black tube dress

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@anoukyve

Style Notes: Tube dresses were all the rage in the '90s, and now they're back in a big way for 2022. For a sleek spin, opt for a classic black colourway and pair with minimal accessories—a basket bag and wrap-around gladiator sandals will do the trick. 

A very sleek take on the gladiator sandal. 

4. Cargo Trousers + Crop Top + Shrug + Shoulder Bag

Style Notes: Cargo trousers have had a major gloss-over this year—they even appeared on the Celine runway. I'll be copying and pasting Bella's look with a crop top, shrug, and shoulder bag for the full '90s experience. 

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Or a crop top like Bella's. 

The '90s-inspired bag fashion people are obsessed with this season. 

5. Crochet Skirt + Scarf Top + Chain Belt

90s-Inspired Summer Outfits: @ironnsalt wears a scarf top with a crochet skirt

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@ironnsalt

Style Notes: Crochet was one of the defining textures of the '90s, so imagine my delight when it made a classy comeback in 2022 in black and white. For '90s flair, try pairing a crochet skirt or top with a scarf top and adding a chain belt for detail. 

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Hollister is your go-to for '90s-style tops. 

Try layering this over a black dress to give it a whole new spin. 

Try layering a slip underneath this skirt for extra coverage, should you desire it. 

6. Baggy Jeans + Bra Top + Short-Sleeve Shirt

90s-Inspired Summer Outfits: @xo.shru wears baggy jeans and a bra top

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@xo.shru

Style Notes: Sure, bootcut jeans were big in the '90s (see above), but baggy jeans were just as prevalent during that decade. Now, influencers are wearing theirs with bra tops and undone shirting. You might want to look into that further. 

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Short-sleeve shirts are having a moment. 

See what I mean about Hollister nailing the '90s aesthetic? Nicely done. 

7. Printed Tee + Maxi Skirt + Rectangle Sunglasses

90s-Inspired Summer Outfits: @allisonho wears a maxi skirt and a printed tee

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@allisonho

Style Notes: In the '90s, skirts were either micro, mini or floor-grazing maxi. Here, Allison makes a case for the maxi, which she's paired with a printed tee and rectangular sunnies. For some reason, this look also makes me think of Rachel Green, which is, of course, a good thing. 

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I trust Topshop and ASOS to deliver the '90s goods every time. 

8. Shirt + Jersey Shorts + Loafers + White Socks + Scrunchie

Style Notes: The top of Imani's outfit it mightn’t scream '90s, but her loafer-and-sock combination? It couldn’t be more of the decade if it tried. Throw in her marl sweatshorts and a perfectly positioned scrunchie on her wrist, and this is a '90s-inspired summer outfit—make no mistake.

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This silk-blend shirt will dress up or down with ease. 

A bodysuit is integral to any good '90s outfit. 

Because who wants to spend more than £10 on marl shorts? 

Silk socks? You deserve them. 

In the '90s, loafers were less about metal hardware and more about shiny leather finishes. 

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